INNOVATION
PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES

Weight is the enemy of performance, so from the outset we knew lightweight, versatile carbon composites were ideal for yacht building. Advanced composites have become the materials of choice for construction, making our yachts lighter, stiffer and faster. We not only seek performance from our yachts, but also want them to be innovative, making them easier, safer and more exciting to sail.

Our clients are looking for a unique product that demonstrates the sort of innovative thinking that matches their own experience in life and business, pushing the boundaries of design and engineering.

HYDROGENERATION

Using an electric motor for a yacht’s auxiliary propulsion has become popular as the need for more environmentally acceptable power increases. A great advantage of using an electric motor is that it can work as a generator by harnessing energy from the ‘free-wheeling’, controllable pitch propeller when the yacht is sailing. The electric motor becomes a generator, which charges a battery bank and in turn supplies power to the sailing systems and services aboard the yacht.

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DYNAMIC STABILITY SYSTEM (DSS)

Foils make sailing faster and more comfortable. We are the first company to install this horizontal, touch-button, sliding foil in a large sailing yacht. When deployed, the carbon composite foil reduces heel and pitching motion and boosts speed significantly. Our engineers and designers worked with external experts to meet the complex engineering challenges. The end result is a user-friendly innovation, which genuinely improves the sailing experience.

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FORCE FEEDBACK STEERING SYSTEM

Large yachts need hydraulic power to turn their rudders. A drawback is that the helmsman loses the ‘feel’ in the helm, something that lies at the heart of enjoying the sailing experience. We have found a way to re-create this feel to keep the owner in touch with his yacht. Together with experts from the automotive industry we have designed a steering system that mimics the side forces on the rudder and transfers the ‘feel’ electronically to the yacht’s wheel.

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RETRACTABLE PROPULSION SYSTEM (RPS)

Acceleration, speed and manoeuvrability are key for efficient sailing and a competitive edge. Making the underwater surface of the hull as fair as possible by retracting the propeller is one innovative way of achieving this. Working with propeller experts Hundested we’ve fitted a number of Retractable Propulsion Systems. The latest models feature 360° rotation so that the unit doubles as a stern thruster. With the propeller retracted there is much less drag which equates to more efficient sailing, increased speed and greater manoeuvrability on the racecourse.

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HULL DOORS

Hull doors literally add another dimension to life afloat. They can provide an impressive sea level platform leading to a yacht’s lobby or provide the ultimate picture window in the owner’s suite. They make boarding easier, loading stores and equipment faster and more convenient and provide a private sun bathing and swimming platform. They are unusual in sailing yachts because of the complex engineering required to cope with rig loads while sailing. At Baltic Yachts we’ve met these challenges to provide clients with a new and innovative lifestyle feature.

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INSIGHT

ROLAND KASSLIN
HEAD OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

“Innovation lies at the heart of what we do at Baltic. Our clients are always looking for something new, but it must be reliable, it must work and it must be worth the expense. Our research and development department analyses ideas down to the very last detail. Using our own engineering and design programs we present ways of solving the most complex problems in the most effective way. By working with trusted external experts in their fields our R&D offering is a very powerful, versatile tool.” Roland Kasslin, Head of R&D